Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cruising the web

Daniel Henninger looks at how the graduation speeches that Obama and Romney gave this past week demonstrate the differences in their world views. Obama sees politics as life while Romney doesn't think that politics define us.

Van Jones admits that environmentalists gave Obama a pass that they wouldn't have given a Republican president about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That's the pattern for much of his presidency.

Obama could actually lose the Democratic primary
in Arkansas next week.

Jay Cost explains
how the Democratic Party lost its way so it has become merely a coalition of special interests to whom it doles out government money.

George Will illustrates how bipartisan agreements are often bad for the country. And subsidizing student loans will be another one of those bad ideas.

Peter Kirsanow asks the President which federal programs do work.

It's literally unanimous. No one in either the House or Senate likes the President's budget.

Ross Douhat explains why third party dreams die out.

Someone is breaking into offices on the Hill.

Who plans to change their minds months in advance? Michael Graham asserts what everyone knows - Obama was lying when he said that he has been evolving in his thoughts on gay marriage.
What’s most important here is that nobody, absolutely nobody, believed Obama’s statements defending traditional marriage.

And he knew we knew he was lying, as evidenced by his willingness to admit on ABC-TV that he had planned to change his position about same-sex marriage closer to the Democratic National Convention.

Question: Who plans to change their position on anything? I used to support the death penalty. Then I was confronted with the libertarian argument against it, that the government shouldn’t have the power of life and death over a citizen.

I realized that the argument was right so I changed my mind. I never said, “You know, I’ve been wrong about the death penalty, so next Thursday I’m going to change. Right after they hang Arnie the Ax Murderer up at Shawshank!”

Obama, on the other hand, has told us he planned to time his flip-flop on same-sex marriage for maximum political benefit. Politicians, of course, make decisions like these all the time. But who the heck admits it?
But Jonah Goldberg doubts that Obama ever was going to announce this change of opinion in the future.
Obama’s “I was going to do it anyway” claim strikes me as a patently obvious effort to spin his deep cynicism by appealing to a lighter form of cynicism. Indeed, it must grate on him that anyone thinks he wasn’t the moral pioneer he poses as, and that Joe Biden of all people got out in front of him on this.

One response from Obama partisans is that I have no proof he’s lying when he says he planned on announcing his “change” of mind and that it’s wrong for me not to give him the benefit of the doubt. Yes, well, the only problem here is that, as Graham notes, Obama admitted he planned to keep on lying for a while about his position on gay marriage. Obama’s position is that he would have stopped lying right before the Democratic Convention. My view is that he would have stopped lying right after he got reelected. So we all agree that Obama was lying on the issue, the rest is an argument about the timeline.
Whichever view you adopt, Obama has admitted that he planned on lying about his views for another few months. And he clearly wasn't going to announce that change at a time when it could do anything to help against the North Carolina amendment.

If you want to understand why our debt has increased so much in the past 50 years, check out the changes in what we've spent money on.
As Jeffrey Anderson comments, just imagine how those trends of increased spending on health programs will rocket if Obamacare isn't repealed.